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Discovering new horizons south of the border

It’s been many years since I first traveled with my wife to visit the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula, near Chichen Itza, Mexico. It was the early 1980s and tourism was still in its infancy in the eastern portion of the Yucatan State. At the time, the hotbed of activity centered ...

Winter Carnival Book Sale Feb. 9 to 11

The 28th annual Winter Book Sale will take place Thursday, Feb. 9, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library. Warm up between Winter Carnival events and browse through ...

Selecting educational priorities

According to the late Leland Bradford, co-founder of the National Training Labs and author of “The Teaching-Learning Transaction,” the following seven areas are some of those which must be examined in developing an effective teaching-learning theory. 1. What the learner brings to the ...

A tiresome tale

For 35 years or so, I drove only Volkswagen Beetles. It was a decision based less on self-image or customer loyalty, so much as good old common sense. They were cheap to buy and maintain, they were dependable, and they handled well. Beyond that, their malfunctions were easy to ...

On a cold January day …

Shepherd’s pie is a comfort classic great for winter. It makes great use of frozen veggies at a time of year when these are a staple. It is also a great way to use up leftovers: meat, potatoes and veggies from past meals can combine for a delicious, easy, one-dish meal. Add a salad and fresh ...

Ralph Edwards cut a farm out of the British Columbia wilderness

“Crusoe of Lonesome Lake,” by Leland Stowe --- In his award-winning “Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East,”  Ed Kanze described the struggle to make a home for his family — wife Debbie and two children — in the unforgiving Adirondacks near Saranac Lake. It ...

Be on guard against bigotry

Some bigots, racists, misogynists, supremacists and others have taken the recent campaigns and election as license to act on their proclivities to threaten and abuse people who do not meet with their approval. The Southern Poverty Law Center documents a clear spike nationwide in ...

The only way I can think of to make the country less divided

It’s hard work. It requires determination. It cannot wait until both parties decide to try it. I refer to making an effort to have civil conversation with people who voted the other way. Since the election, I’ve expressed political opinions here and online at www.geezerblockhead.com. ...

Why do so many drivers fail to use headlights?

As you might expect, I get many emails about driver’s pet peeves and occasionally even a letter that I received from a reader in Saranac Lake who had a boatload of gripes about drivers, most of which I have addressed in past articles, some many times. This person’s biggest gripe, one that I ...

St. Moritz Hotel sold at auction: Jan. 23, 1964

That famous Lake Placid landmark, the St. Moritz Hotel, built in 1926, has a great history in that village. If the cars in the parking lot are any indication, it is a bustling business today, hosting the tourists who jam the streets of Lake Placid. Christmas week, the crowds in town ...

Hunting camp provides more than just an escape

The annual big-game season was again hampered by warm weather and the lack of a consistent snow cover this year. It is a situation that has become a steady trend in recent years. Another hunting season has passed with less than a full week of snow cover for tracking. The long-held technique ...

Continued resistance

I was asked, “Would someone please tell me why liberals cannot stop whining and just suck up that they lost?” I will tell you. We are not whining because we lost. We are whining because the mendacious, narcissistic bully who won is unfit for the role. We’re whining because we fear for ...

The importance of Adirondack wilderness

At the statewide hearings on the classification of the newly purchased Boreas Ponds and thousands of acres of other Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park, the theme of “balance” was popular. Calls for balance were purported to show moderation and a willingness to compromise. The ...

Between a rock and a hard place

What follows is a tale of stones: one figurative, one literal. The figurative stone was a stone face. The literal one was a stone turd. Now some clarification. Everyone knows what stone-faced means. Maybe your image of a stone face is different from mine, but we both have an essential ...

We may have a new home closer than we think

Most of the time, we take it for granted — at least I do — that planet earth is a truly special place. If Earth had been too much closer to the sun it would be char-broiled, and if it had been a little further from the sun it would be a frozen tundra. Earth sits in what is often called ...

Extreme winter weather

Every winter, I receive questions about hypothermia and about the dangers and symptoms of both hypothermia and frostbite. Most are from concerned parents of younger children. We’re certainly not strangers to cold weather. After all, this is the North Country. And winter is the season of ...

Bear envy: Why can’t we hibernate, too?

It’s “lights out” for bears in North America. They’re fat. They’re happy. Wake them when the weather gets better. Humans struggling for a respectable eight hours of sleep may look upon the genus Ursus with envy and ask, “Why can’t we pass out for a few dark months?” Black ...

Earth approaches closest point to the sun

As the new year dawns, the Summer Triangle plunges toward the western horizon. Cygnus (SIG-nuss), the Swan, wings south along the Milky Way with the geese seeking warmer climes for the winter. For us, the days are slowly starting to lengthen. The latest sunrise was yesterday (7:33 a.m. ...

A wolf in shepherd’s clothing

A couple of months ago, a cartoon appeared in this paper showing two wolves. One was on all fours disguised as a sheep. The second was standing upright in a shepherd’s outfit saying to the first, “You have to think bigger!” The idea was clever and amusing, but it points to something ...

November 2017 is New York’s real opportunity for change

The U.S. Constitution is the closest thing to a sacred text allowed in a secular republic. It is treated with reverence, stored in a helium-filled, temperature-controlled case that is lowered every night into a waterproof, fireproof and bombproof vault. Like holy writ, the Constitution ...